Narendra Modi's divide-and-rule politics won't work in Varanasi, says Khurshid

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Varanasi
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 01:40 IST

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, who is in Kashi to canvass support for party candidate Ajay Rai, on Sunday played down BJP leader Narendra Modi's decision to campaign against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. "What is the big deal in Modi campaigning in Amethi? For Modi, Priyanka Gandhi is a challenge but for Priyanka Gandhi Modi is no challenge," Khurshid told newsmen here.

Khurshid, however, expressed ignorance over any schedule of Priyanka Gandhi to campaign in Varanasi. "I do not have any such information," he said. The senior Congress leader also raised a question on Modi's decision to contest from Varanasi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's decision to challenge the BJP prime ministerial candidate in Varanasi.

"Modi never disclosed why he is contesting from Varanasi. He has often said that Maa Ganga has asked him to contest from Varanasi. But Modi has not once attended Ganga Aarti, neither did he take bath in the holy river when he was in Varanasi," Khurshid said.

Hitting out at Modi, the Congress leader accused the Gujarat CM of polarising voters on the basis of religion. "In Varanasi both Hindus and Muslims use river Ganga's water for pious occasions. Modi's divide and rule politics will not be successful in Varanasi," Khurshid said.

Commenting on Modi's one of the posters put in Varanasi reading 'Modi aa raha hai', he said, "Like Gabbar of Sholay, Modi's fear is being created among the masses," Khurshid said. On the raging issue of Assam violence, the Congress leader stated that those responsible for it must be taken to task. On speculations by some politicians regarding formation of the third front government at the centre after polls, Khurshid said: "Third front is just like a dream which will never be fulfilled. Where is the third front and I have not seen it," said Khurshid.

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